Congress Gets a “Much Deserved” Raise
Hey, I’ve got an idea … since we’re about to go over the fiscal cliff, the unemployed are about to lose their benefits, the deficit exceeds more than a trillion dollars and Congress is looking for ways to cut government spending; LET’S GIVE ALL FEDERAL EMPLOYEES A RAISE.
Well that’s what President Barack Obama has done. By recently signing an executive order, The President has ENDED the pay freeze on federal employees.
This gives workers, members of Congress, the Supreme Court and even Vice President Joe Biden a raise. The increases will reportedly take effect in late March and be about 1/2 of 1 percent.
That doesn’t seem like much but Biden’s salary will jump from $225,521 last year to $231,900 this year. Members of Congress will also receive a raise from $174,000 to 174,900. The majority and minority leaders in both chambers will see their salaries rise to $194.400. The salary for the Speaker of the House, currently the Ohio Republican John Boehner, will increase to $224,600. Chief Justice John Roberts will be receiving $223,500, and associate justices will rise to $213,900.
Obama instituted the federal pay freeze in 2010 based on recessionary factors and budgetary concerns.
Federal employees received a pay raise in 2009 (3.9%) and again in 2010 (2%)
This raise will be welcomed by federal employees but hardly worth getting excited about.
Our government is the nation’s largest employer with more than 1.8 million full-time, permanent civilian workers. These numbers do not include the U.S. Postal Service, a quasi-independent agency with about 656,000 career employees, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), which does not release employment data for security reasons, but is estimated to employ about 100,000 people.
This raise will certainly be welcomed by these federal employees but is this good move at this time?